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Federal Student Aid’s (FSA) annual training conference looked a bit different this year, going virtual for the first time due to the disruptions caused by the ongoing pandemic as officials provided updates on what to expect in the coming years and highlighted successes over the past year.
2020 was an eventful year for the financial aid community to say the least. The ongoing pandemic created widespread disruptions across higher education, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress in March funneled emergency funding to both students and institutions. Navigating the pandemic and understanding the options afforded to students became paramount for financial aid professionals and drove much of NASFAA's news coverage throughout the year. Here are the top 10 articles NASFAA readers consumed in 2020.
According to a presentation made during the Department of Education's (ED) Federal Student Aid (FSA) Training Conference on Tuesday, the Annual Student Loan Acknowledgment tool (StudentAid.gov) will receive a number of updates aiming to streamline the student loan process. The Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement will be used to inform borrowers what they owe — or could owe — in federal student loans and will be individually tailored toward first-time and current loan borrowers to help provide details surrounding loan status and forecasts of estimated monthly payments.
We hear much about devoting proper attention to our physical health during times of stress, but what about attending to our mental health during especially busy times? Join Dr. Philip Hawkins, director of financial aid at The George Washington University Law School, at 2:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 24, when he will discuss how life got suddenly interrupted by a major depression from too many competing life demands and how he has transformed through lessons of recovery that guide him on a new and improved life journey. Register now.
There's still time to share your great ideas! The deadline to submit session proposals for NASFAA 2021 — currently scheduled to take place just outside of Washington, D.C. at National Harbor, Maryland next June — has been extended. All types of session proposals are welcome, from those focused on advocacy, training, and professional development, to sessions structured as open-forum discussions. As you construct your proposal, we urge you to construct your session with an eye toward inclusion, ensuring speakers from all different backgrounds — particularly those from marginalized groups — are represented. All proposals must be received by next Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Refer to our Presenters and Moderators page for more information.
The Department of Education (ED) is requesting information on successful approaches for expanding work-based learning (WBL) opportunities for youth by working across federal, state, and local education and employer systems. ED will use this information to inform our implementation of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, as amended by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).